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Gregory A. Adams

Executive vice president, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan; Group president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Mid-Atlantic States; President, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Last update: August 19, 2014



Reporting to the chairman and CEO, Gregory A. Adams is one of three Kaiser Permanente group presidents, with direct responsibility for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region. He has additional accountability for the successful performance of the Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Region.

Adams was appointed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in April 2008. He oversees a region that serves more than 3.5 million members and operates 21 hospitals and 67 medical office facilities throughout Northern California.

Adams has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant. He started his career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in 1999 and has held a number of executive leadership positions within the organization. In the Southern California Region, he served as senior vice president and service area manager of the tri-central area and chief operating officer for the region. In 2007 he moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams held several executive roles in the health care industry, providing strategic and operational leadership for hospitals, health systems and medical groups throughout the country. He was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California; president and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif.; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas; and director of Critical Care Services for the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.

Adams serves on the executive committee of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, is an at-large delegate and member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 9, and a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives. He also serves on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Council and Oakland Dialogue, and is on the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University.